1997 Lexus ES 300 Consumer Review: Great at high mileage too!

1997 Lexus ES 300 - Consumer Review

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Base Sedan (3.0L V6 4-speed Automatic)

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Great at high mileage too!
By DaveF on


1997 Lexus ES 300 4dr Sedan


I bought my 1997 Lexus in September 2000 for my 60-mile highway commute. It had 57K on it. Today it has 142K. I had tried then-new Camry, Accord, and Maxima but for $20K the Lexus was in a better class altogether - and still is. It gets pretty basic maintenance from the local gas station but never misses a beat. It has never seen a Lexus or Toyota dealer. I have just bought my second set of tires - Dunlop Sport A4 - and am getting new struts all round. Otherwise no expenditure. I added a power sunroof ($1,000) and a 12-CD changer soon after getting the car - both well worth it.

Best Features

The whole process is so relaxed. The ride is remarkable. Noise? I find myself wondering why other cars near me on the road are so noisy, because they're audible inside the cabin. The engine pulls well, so you'll have no problem merging with highway traffic or accelerating uphill.

Worst Features

Beware! Once you get the taste for this kind of quality, you won't give it up lightly.
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